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Trucker wanted in shooting remains at large

February 12, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

A truck driver who shot a man in the leg near the Valley Mall last week remained at large Wednesday.

Maryland State Police investigators have only "nonspecific" leads to go on, Trooper Russ Plante said.

Plante said investigators want anyone with information on the Feb. 4 shooting to contact Maryland State Police.

Police said the parking lot shooting followed an apparent road rage incident between two truckers who had been driving on Interstate 81 near Halfway Boulevard. Brian Cherry, 34, of East Berlin, Pa., received a gunshot wound to the right thigh, police said.

Police said the assailant was driving a red or maroon truck pulling a white box trailer and was described as a white man in his late 50s with short gray hair and glasses.

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Plante said information received so far has not helped identify a suspect.

Cherry said Wednesday evening that he pulled over to talk to the assailant on Feb. 4 because the man had been speaking badly about truck drivers over the CB radio.

"I just wanted talk to him and find out what his problem was," Cherry said. "I wasn't angry at the time."

Cherry said when he pulled up next to the man, just off Exit 5 of I-81, he thought the man was holding a fake gun.

"He said, 'You need to be more careful who you'll pull alongside the road with,'" Cherry said.

Cherry said the man then fired three shots from a small caliber handgun from about 8 feet away, hitting the truck once and his leg once.

Cherry, a father of three, said the bullet was still in his leg and likely will remain there. He said it will be a minimum of five weeks before doctors let him return to work.

When and if he does return to driving trucks, Cherry said he will avoid certain things.

"It'll be a long time before I pull off the road alongside of someone again," he said. "I'd never been shot before, and it's a situation I hope to never be in again."

Maryland State Police can be reached at 301-739-2101.

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